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Track and field notebook: Avon likely moving up to Division I next year


Avon High School track fans should be prepared for some changes next year when the OHSAA releases information for its divisional breakdowns for sports during the 2009-10 school year.

According to athletic director Erich Frombach, the boys and girls track teams are likely to move up to Division I. Other Avon sports potentially impacted by divisional change are boys golf, girls golf, girls tennis and girls soccer - all of which are also expected to move to the top division.

"If the cutoffs are relatively the same as last year, all those sports would be impacted and move up to Division I," Frombach said.

Official divisional assignments will be posted on the OHSSA Web site ohsaa.org. Fall sports will be posted later today. Winter sports assignments are slated to be released in June, with spring sports released in August.

Margaretta moments

Vermilion freshman Emily Cunningham was the MVP at last Friday`s Margaretta Invitational in Castalia.

Cunningham won the 100- (12.8), 400 (1:01.4) and 200-meter (26.3) dashes. Teammate Anne Hamilton was second in shot put (33-3½).

Vermilion senior Nate Rodriguez was second in pole vault (12-0) and second in the 800 (2:01.6). He also teamed with Todd Hathaway, Kody Herchler and Danny Nicoll for a second in the 3,200 relay (8:24.9). Rodriguez wrapped up the day with a fourth-place finish, anchoring the 1,600 relay (3:40.8), which included Taylor Patterson, Scott Burger and Brent Hurd.

Lake Ridge senior Megan Leake won the pole vault competition in a meet-record vault of 9-9, besting the 2007 record of 9-7 by Smithville`s Robin Eggman. Lions senior Nathan Kafity triumphed in the 1,600 (4:41.9) and 3,200 (9:56.7). LRA junior Amanda Seidel was second in high jump (4-8).

Midview senior Josiah Holt took second in long jump (19-3½) and third in the 200 (23.2). Midview sophomore Alexa Katrinchak was second in the 300 hurdles (49.0) and third in the 100 hurdles (16.5).

Edison edged Genoa Area to win the boys meet, 107-105. Vermilion (38) was sixth, Midview (30) seventh and Lake Ridge (20) 10th. Edison (92) beat Smithville (88½) to win the girls title. Vermilion (46) was fifth, Midview (41½) sixth and Lake Ridge (20) ninth.

Chambers` music

Magnificat senior Madeline Chambers of Westlake set two meet records at Friday`s Hilliard Darby Twilight Invitational.

Chambers won the 1,600 in a personal-best, school-record and meet-record time of 4:54.78. Chambers also anchored the Streaks` winning 3,200 relay in a meet-record of 9:34.39 despite heavy rains.

Shoremen`s sting

Avon Lake beat Brecksville, 94-43, on April 29, as sprinter Mike Mansnerus and hurdler Pete Lancione had three wins apiece.

Mansnerus won the 400 (53.3) and was a member of the winning 800- (1:33.0) and 1,600-meter (3:34.0) relays. Lancione won the 110 (15.3) and 300 hurdles (43.5) and was a member of the 1,600 relay.

On tap

The North Coast League meet continues today at Padua High School, field events starting at 4 p.m., with running events beginning at 5 p.m.

• The 35th annual Bulldog Relays begin Friday at Olmsted Falls High School. Joining the host Bulldogs are Fairview, Firelands, Midview and North Royalton. The field events start at 4:30 p.m., running events at 4:45.

• The 34th annual Bell Invitational is Friday at Rocky River High School. Field events and running events begin at 4 p.m. Bay, Kenston, Lakewood, Lutheran West, Midpark, Normandy and Valley Forge join the host Pirates.

• The 35th annual Vermilion Invitational is Friday. Field events are at 4:30 p.m., running events at 4:50. Admiral King, Brookside, Garfield Heights, Lake Ridge, Lutheran East, North Ridgeville, Regina (girls only), Southview and Wellington join the host Sailors.

• The 44th annual Westlake Relays are Saturday. Avon (boys only), Avon Lake, Hudson, North Olmsted, Solon, Strongsville, St. Joseph Academy (girls only) join the host Demons. Field events are at 11 a.m. and running events are at 12:15 p.m.

• The fourth annual Patriot Athletic Conference meet is May 12 and 14 at Lutheran West High School. Field events start at 3:30 p.m. and running events start at 5 p.m. on both days.

Paul Heyse covers high school track and field for the Chronicle-Telegram. He can be reached via e-mail at phheyse@aol.com.


Nathan Kafity, Lake Ridge Academy

YEAR: Senior

LAST WEEK: Won the 1,600 (4:41.9) and 3,200 (9:56.7) at Friday`s Margaretta Invitational. Earlier, he won the 1,600 (4:33.08) and 800 (2:02.0) at the Trinity Invitational.


BIO: A two-time Division III regional qualifier in the 1,600. He finished sixth in the 1,600 at the Division II-III indoor state meet in March. Tied a Lorain County boys soccer record with a five-assist performance on Aug. 21, 2008, against Gilmour Academy. The Lions` team captain led LRA to the Division III soccer regionals the past two years. Kafity was All-Lorain County first team and All-Greater Cleveland second team in soccer. He plans to be a pre-med student while running for Ohio Wesleyan. Kafity has a 3.95 grade-point average.

PARENTS: Alfred and Christina Kafity

Nicole Armstrong, Avon

YEAR: Sophomore

LAST WEEK: A member of the first-place 3,200 relay (2:31 split), the second-place 6,400-meter (5:22) and the 1,600-meter (1:04.0) relays for Avon last Saturday, helping the Eagles to a second-place finish at their home invite.


BIO: A 2008 Division II regional qualifier as a member of the 3,200- and 1,600-meter relays. In soccer, she helped the Eagles advance to the Division II regionals the past two years. A member of Key Club and the Athletic Advisory Council. She has a 3.9 gpa.

PARENTS: Paul Armstrong and Kathryn Shafer

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